Cannabidiol (CBD) tinctures are among the best-selling hemp-derived products today, for a multitude of reasons. Renowned for having fast-acting effects, offering discretion and being suitable to all potential CBD users, tinctures really do have all bases covered.
In this article, we’ll look into why so many people are finding that the therapeutic benefits of CBD are all-encompassing, investigate how CBD tinctures are made and why they take effect so quickly. We’ll also discuss the variety of CBD tincture products on the market and suggest a few potential uses.
CBD and the endocannabinoid system
Perhaps the most important factor behind the recent success of CBD is its non-psychoactive status. When you take CBD, there’s no chance that you will feel intoxicated, euphoric, anxious, paranoid or any other extreme and unpredictable emotion, which is notorious for happening with cannabis. A dose of CBD will not affect your short-term judgment, memory or motor control, in fact, many find that it does the opposite, making them more attentive and bringing them mental clarity.
But what gives CBD, one chemical in a set of more than 100 obscure compounds classed as cannabinoids, the ability to make positive, natural changes to our physical and mental health? It’s mostly down to how CBD impacts the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
We could spend all day trawling through the complex science of the ECS, but which promises to transform medicine. But in a nutshell, the ECS is just one of many systems in the body that needs constant regulation to promote homeostasis, a cherished state of chemical equilibrium. It just so happens that endocannabinoids which we make ourselves, and cannabinoids which are found in hemp, cannabis and very occasionally in other plants, are critical for ECS regulation. This is because they are compatible with the cannabinoid receptors within it.
The ECS influences our stress levels, mood and appetite, how our immune system functions, our cognitive function and memory, our reproductive cycle and sleep patterns, and also how we perceive pain. This long list of responsibilities makes ECS balance even more vital for good health.
Studies suggest that CBD is key to encouraging ECS regulation, although researchers are not 100 percent sure as to why – this is a surprisingly common situation in medicine. The main thing for now is that CBD is effective and can subtly impact messages sent via the two main cannabinoid receptors. It achieves this by interfering with the signalling of endocannabinoids, the binding potential or affinity of cannabinoid receptors, and the overall levels of endocannabinoids.
For instance, if a person is not producing enough anandamide, an endocannabinoid and neurotransmitter which can produce various effects by binding with either the CB1 or CB2 receptor, CBD can essentially order an increase of anandamide. The substance manages this by temporarily deactivating the enzyme tasked with degrading it.
How CBD tincture oils are made
CBD tincture oils are made using extracts from high-CBD strains of industrial hemp, which is generally sourced from either the United States or the European Union. Hemp is an ideal source for non-psychoactive CBD oil as it contains hardly any delta-9-tetrahydrocannbinol (THC). In the US, all hemp products must have less than 0.3% THC to be legal at federal level.
There are several different ways to take an extract from the plant matter, but we’re going to focus on supercritical CO2 extraction. This is the gold standard and the method by the companies that make CBD oil tincture products featured here at CBDVapeJuice.net.
Supercritical CO2 extraction is the cleanest and most efficient way to extract cannabinoids from the plant. This is essential considering that hemp is a bio-accumulator. This method avoids using chemicals and solvents, which could potentially contaminate the final oil and be dangerous for health. When carrying out supercritical CO2 extraction, you can decide which cannabinoids you want to extract from the plant. Some companies go for a whole-plant extract to make a full-spectrum tincture, whereas others just pull out the CBD, in order to make a CBD-isolate tincture.
As no nasty by-products are extracted from the plant, there is no need to purify the oil after extraction, and this greatly speeds up the entire extraction process. Furthermore, fairly low temperatures are used during supercritical CO2 extraction compared to other methods, meaning that the structure of the plant components remains unchanged. There are also no environmental downsides of this method.
Exploring the benefits of full-spectrum CBD and CBD-isolate tinctures
Full-spectrum CBD oil tincture products don’t just contain CBD, but a whole host of other chemicals. These include other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and essential fatty acids such as omega-3. These compounds, despite being found in much lower concentrations, offer small benefits which add up to enhance the therapeutic potential of a tincture oil.
And a whole-plant extract is also noted for promoting synergy, or as it’s more commonly known in the industry, the ‘entourage effect’. Research has found that when all the plant components are absorbed into the body at the same time – as part of a full-plant extract – the effectiveness of the CBD increases!
Moreover, certain CBD oil tinctures contain special sets of terpenes, with the products then named after famous cannabis strains. Don’t worry, these products are still totally non-psychoactive. But you may find the flavors more pleasant on your palate, and some terpenes also have therapeutic properties. These are worth checking out if you want to treat a specific ailment.
In contrast, CBD-isolate tincture oils feature just one cannabinoid – you guessed it, the CBD. You may be wondering why somebody would choose a product with only CBD, when full-spectrum oils are purported to offer additional benefits.
However, for those with no experience using hemp-based CBD products, they may feel more comfortable sticking with a single cannabinoid. Also, those who take very high quantities of CBD and are topping up their dose throughout the day may be concerned about THC gradually accumulating in the body. There’s no psychoactive worry here, but people who may face random drugs tests often prefer to be completely THC-free. This may be the case for athletes who are now permitted to use CBD according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations, but no other cannabinoids. By stocking full-spectrum and isolate tinctures, we have CBD products for everyone!
How CBD tincture oils work
CBD tincture oils are often consumed by a method known as sublingual absorption. Again, while this may sound complicated, it’s simply a case of holding the oil under the tongue for a couple of minutes, while it has chance to absorb through the tissues in the bottom of the mouth and into the bloodstream. This intake method ensures the fastest speed of delivery with CBD tincture oil products, and users generally report the benefits between 5 to 15 minutes after consumption.
These effects usually last for around three hours, although expect some variance.
Attached to the bottle cap of every tincture oil is a dropper, which is designed to make dosing and administering the oil a hassle-free and efficient process. The amount of CBD which can be held by the dropper is stated in milligrams – this varies depending on the potency of the bottle.
However, tincture oils can also be ingested (i.e. directly swallowed). In this case, the reaction is more like that of an edible – the benefits may take 45 minutes or more to show, but the bonus is that they’ll last for double the time. This is preferable for those who don’t want to re-dose during the day or require a CBD product that lasts for the whole night. CBD oil can either be swallowed as is, used as a food supplement or even stirred into beverages.
Whether you opt for sublingual absorption or edible-like ingestion, it pays to be as economical with your product as possible. You’ll find that you only need a certain quantity of CBD to enjoy relief, but as the required dosage varies from person to person, there’s no immediate way of knowing how much to take. Therefore, start off with a low dose and note down how it made you feel, and if it worked as intended. Adjust the dose as necessary, and after a while, you’ll build up an accurate picture of how CBD works for you. This is priceless information, and will ensure no CBD goes to waste!
Few people use tincture oils as topicals, because there are CBD creams and salves for that. But it is possible to use a pure CBD tincture in that way, to enhance skin quality, protect from bacterial and fungal infections, stave off inflammatory conditions like acne and even stifle the aging process.
And that is what makes CBD tinctures such a winning choice – with one CBD product, you can harness the useful health properties of this compound in many different ways.
Potential benefits of CBD tincture oils
The following information is purely for informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered as medical advice. CBD has not been approved as a medicine, but many people are finding it an excellent natural way to boost their health.
The current research on CBD and anxiety indicates that the cannabinoid interacts with a receptor in the serotonin system which may alleviate anxiety. CBD also indirectly raises levels of the anti-anxiety neurotransmitter GABA. Hence, some people with anxiety find that these soothing, anxiolytic properties are very helpful. And a rapidly-acting product such as a CBD tincture could be the ideal way to combat symptoms.
A curious connection has been made between the endocannabinoid system and the immune system, and the potential anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids has received some attention. The regulatory impact CBD may have on immune system response would come from how the cannabinoid indirectly affects CB2 receptors which have been shown to be present on white blood cells and in immune tissues. Ingesting CBD oil is perhaps the best method of consumption to enjoy these benefits.
There are two ways that CBD may help to reduce pain in the body – by interactions with the CB1 receptor and also the vanilloid receptor, which is a transient receptor potential channel. Both of these receptors influence the overall level of pain felt by the body. CBD and anandamide are both agonists of the vanilloid receptor, while CBD indirectly activates the CB1 receptor.
CBD tincture oils are a great product to find out what CBD is all about. If you haven’t experienced CBD before, then a tincture oil allows you to sample the sublingual absorption and ingestion methods, as well as topical administration of CBD.